An accused con artist cops say has bilked hundreds of thousands of dollars out of victims around the country is in Seattle, and we need your help finding him.
Josef Ewert looks like a nice guy in a photo of him smiling with friends and eating ice cream -- a far cry from his jailhouse mugshot.
Ewert is wanted by police in Webb County, Texas on two warrants, stemming from an elaborate internet scam in which detectives say he conned a Laredo man out of more than $30K, telling him he was starting up an advertising business, and needed investors. To gain his trust, he even emailed his mark a copy of his passport and a California driver's license, but the address on it turned out to be a mailbox rental place.
Seattle police arrested Ewert earlier this year, but he bonded out of jail, and hasn't been seen since. “When a state like Texas calls us and says, 'This guy's in your area and we need your help. We've got some warrants that are outstanding for him’, we're going to step up and help,” says Ret. Det. Myrle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. “And, here are the reasons why: This guy is an accused scam artist. He's working the internet. He's working all kinds of individuals for crimes. We need to get this guy off the street, because who knows, you may be his next victim."
Here are the details on JOSEF EWERT:
- Age: 38
- Ht: 5’11”
- Wt: 200 lbs
- Linked to living in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, and an apartment on Capitol Hill
That Texas victim did a lot of detective work himself, coming up with some fake names he says Ewert's been using, including:
- "Stephen Walker"
- "Jason Davidson"
- "Joe Capone"
Let's help cops in the Lone Star state bring this accused con man to justice.
If you know how police can locate Josef Ewert, or if you think he pulled a fast one on you, call an anonymous tip into:
CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-TIPS
You must call the Crime Stoppers hotline with your tip to be eligible to receive the cash reward for information leading to a fugitive’s arrest.
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